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Forest hold on to beat Hammers as Rice penalty saved

Published on: 14 August 2022

Taiwo Awoniyi scored Forest's first Premier League goal since May 1999 when Chris Bart-Williams netted against Leicester

Nottingham Forest secured a famous win as Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal to beat West Ham as Premier League football returned to the City Ground after a 23-year absence.

Awoniyi, Forest's £17m record signing this summer, applied the first-time finish after Jesse Lingard's effort had been deflected into his path off Hammers defender Ben Johnson.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson was Forest's other hero, denying Declan Rice with a second-half penalty save.

The Hammers could also reflect on two strikes from distance that hit the crossbar and another excellent Henderson save from Tomas Soucek as they started the season with successive defeats.

However, for Forest and their boss Steve Cooper, it was another unforgettable day for a club who were bottom of the Championship less than 12 months ago.

Spurred on by a frenzied home crowd, Forest started on the front foot and had enough to keep West Ham at bay even after their energetic early efforts started to slow.

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Player of the match

N WilliamsNeco Williams

with an average of 8.04

    Nottm ForestNottingham ForestNottingham ForestWest HamWest Ham UnitedWest Ham United

Nottingham ForestAvgSquad number7Player nameN WilliamsAverage rating

8.04

Squad number1Player nameHendersonAverage rating

7.88

Squad number9Player nameAwoniyiAverage rating

7.83

Squad number14Player nameO'BrienAverage rating

7.83

Squad number15Player nameToffoloAverage rating

7.54

Squad number26Player nameMcKennaAverage rating

7.40

Squad number20Player nameJohnsonAverage rating

7.32

Squad number19Player nameNiakhatéAverage rating

7.31

Squad number5Player nameMangalaAverage rating

7.25

Squad number4Player nameWorrallAverage rating

7.23

Squad number3Player nameS CookAverage rating

6.93

Squad number16Player nameSurridgeAverage rating

6.81

Squad number11Player nameLingardAverage rating

6.70

Squad number18Player nameCafúAverage rating

6.65

West Ham UnitedAvgSquad number22Player nameBenrahmaAverage rating

6.23

Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating

5.80

Squad number8Player nameFornalsAverage rating

5.27

Squad number3Player nameCresswellAverage rating

5.06

Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating

5.04

Squad number9Player nameAntonioAverage rating

5.02

Squad number5Player nameCoufalAverage rating

4.81

Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating

4.75

Squad number2Player nameJohnsonAverage rating

4.72

Squad number7Player nameScamaccaAverage rating

4.72

Squad number10Player nameLanziniAverage rating

4.67

Squad number14Player nameCornetAverage rating

4.61

Squad number4Player nameZoumaAverage rating

4.49

Squad number41Player nameRiceAverage rating

4.30

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsNottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

1Henderson4Worrall19Niakhaté26McKenna7N Williams5Mangala14O'Brien15Toffolo11Lingard20Johnson9Awoniyi

    1HendersonBooked at 75mins4Worrall19NiakhatéSubstituted forS Cookat 79'minutes26McKennaBooked at 64mins7N Williams5MangalaSubstituted forRibeiro Diasat 84'minutes14O'Brien15Toffolo11Lingard20JohnsonBooked at 90mins9AwoniyiSubstituted forSurridgeat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

    2Biancone3S Cook6Mbe Soh13Hennessey16Surridge17Mighten18Ribeiro Dias33Taylor41Hammond

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Fabianski5Coufal4Zouma2Johnson3Cresswell28Soucek41Rice20Bowen22Benrahma8Fornals9Antonio

    1Fabianski5Coufal4Zouma2Johnson3Cresswell28Soucek41RiceBooked at 9mins20BowenSubstituted forCornetat 85'minutes22Benrahma8FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 69'minutes9AntonioSubstituted forScamaccaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

    7Scamacca10Lanzini12Downes13Areola14Cornet32Coventry35Randolph50Ashby

Referee:Robert JonesAttendance:29,281Match StatsHome TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWest HamPossessionHome43%Away57%ShotsHome13Away19Shots on TargetHome6Away5CornersHome6Away7FoulsHome10Away11Live TextPost update

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, West Ham United 0.

90'+9'Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, West Ham United 0.

90'+8'Booking

Sam Surridge (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

90'+8'Booking

Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

90'+7'Post update

Foul by Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United).

90'+7'Post update

Sam Surridge (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. Tomás Soucek (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

89'Post update

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

89'Post update

Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

85'Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Maxwel Cornet replaces Jarrod Bowen.

84'Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Cafú replaces Orel Mangala.

84'Post update

Foul by Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham United).

84'Post update

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

83'Post update

Attempt blocked. Kurt Zouma (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

82'Post update

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Neco Williams.

80'Post update

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

79'Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Steve Cook replaces Moussa Niakhaté because of an injury.

75'Post update

Attempt blocked. Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

75'Booking

Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

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